Study Abroad in Shanghai

Programs Currently Suspended

Our Shanghai programs are currently suspended. We encourage you to consider other IES Abroad destinations that could fit your needs. Many students have found alternative options that—although unexpected—ended up being a perfect fit. 

What to Expect in Shanghai

Study abroad in Shanghai and join over 26 million citizens who call Shanghai—the largest and most developed city in China—home. 

A thoroughly modern city risen from a fishing village less than 100 years ago, Shanghai has been heavily influenced by Western business, culture, and architecture. 

 If you're searching for a rapidly changing, dynamic city in which to study abroad, Shanghai is your destination. Learn the impact of such rapid modernization on local customs and the environment. You can practice your Chinese, study business in this bustling metropolis, do a full-time summer internship, and more through our four Shanghai study abroad programs. 

Languages Spoken: 
Chinese, Shanghainese
Humid Subtropical
Renminbi (RMB)
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Top 5 Things to Do in Shanghai

Enjoy Local Festivals
Immerse yourself in Chinese customs and traditions at the Lantern Festival or the Shanghai Tourism Festival.
Eat & Shop in Xintiandi
Explore Xintiandi’s North and South Blocks, where the past meets present in this chic shopping and dining district.
Go on a Huangpu River Night Cruise
Take a boat ride around the Bund to see the beauty of Shanghai architecture in all its glory!
Visit Yuyuan Garden & City God Temple Bazaar
See the extensive garden and then walk the bridge that connects the two to shop at the Bazaar.
Visit Shanghai Disneyland
It is a small world after all! Plan a trip to the famous Disney theme park, filled with attractions you know and love, and new ones, too.

Health & Safety

With 70 years of experience, we are proud to set the standard for health and safety in study abroad. Our Chicago-based and on-site staff are all highly trained and experienced in the matters of health, safety, and crisis management. We are here for you from predeparture to your return, and are ready to support you—no matter which time zone you’re in. We plan for "what ifs" so that you don’t have to. From international health insurance included in the cost of your program to highly-trained local staff who can connect you to English-speaking healthcare providers, we are working around the clock to ensure your health and safety while abroad.

Support You Can Expect to Receive on Our Programs

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CISI International Health Insurance

In the case you need to see a doctor or mental health professional.

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24/7 Emergency Support

Whether you encounter an issue while traveling or in your host city.

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Mandatory Cell Phone Policy

Receive any emergency updates from IES Abroad staff via call or text.

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Location-Specific Information

Health and safety information presented at orientation by on-site staff.

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TripTracker System

Allowing you to share independent travel plans.

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Crisis Drills

So that you feel prepared to respond to an emergency should one arise.


Apply for your passport today!

Getting your passport is a crucial step for studying abroad. With processing times taking longer than usual, consider this a gentle reminder to not procrastinate on getting or renewing your passport.

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The Student Experience

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Student Ambassadors

No one knows the IES Abroad experience better than a student who has lived it! From budget tips to housing experiences, our volunteer Ambassadors are here to share it all.

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